She made huge progress this weekend. We went to see our (yes, our) trainer Robin for a 1:1 session last weekend and she gave me a big list of things to work on with the RoxStar. The items Robin gave me to focus on are to help Roxie gain confidence in both herself and me. We’re supposed to be practicing stuff from class 30 minutes a day and we definitely have been doing less (about half that), but I have been doing the things she suggested in our 1:1: make R sit and wait while I walk out of or into a door (not walking into the door, but you know, through the door), make her do 3 training skills before she can eat, come from room to room with me (she’s reluctant to do that without being on a leash) and stuff like that.
I also picked up a Thundershirt for her (Roxie not Robin). A bunch of people I work with recently started discussing them and said that they help a lot with doggy anxiety. Apparently, the shirt wraps kinda tightly around the dog’s belly & chest and this helps them feel more secure. A woman I met this weekend said that they do something similar with autistic children. Huh.
Some folks from Australia that I work with had the day to kill in Seattle on Saturday before their flight home, so the two of them, Roxie & I took the ferry to Bainbridge Island. It’s about a 35 minute ferry ride and then a 5 minute walk into the town of Winslow. It is a great opportunity for pix of the Seattle skyline & it’s also a nice ride and town.
Roxie was wearing her Thundershirt – click to see it better & please note that she’s also wearing a geek pin cause she’s a geeky doggy.
She was fine when we parked in Seattle – noise, traffic, people didn’t bother her at all. Actually, she was kinda giddy in a way she’s only been in my backyard. She is apparently a city dog. The quiet of my neighborhood must be unnerving her.
She was fine on the ferry and let strangers approach & pet her all day. It was kinda remarkable. There was a brief period when Aleks from Australia took her out of the knitting & tea shop where I was purchasing some yummy Rooibos Ginger tea (can’t find it anywhere else – even on the interwebs) and she didn’t like that at all. Her tail was way between her legs until I came outside. But still, overall, she was happy and relaxed and had a good time. It was really nice to see.
Today it’s grey & raining – it’s like a winter day here. It’s in the 50s and everything (that’s pretty much what our winter is like). Since Roxie came from southern California, this is a new thing for her. She walked outside this morning & immediately turned around and walked back in. I guess she’d rather “hold everything in” instead of getting wet. Hmmmm…
We went to the store at lunchtime and got her a nice raincoat. For some reason, I’ve been getting her pink things. She just seems very girly – she crosses her legs and everything. She did better going outside with the raincoat on, but is still kinda suspicious of the rain, which kinda amuses me.
If you’re interested, there’s a few more pix I’ve taken of her at http://amygeek.smugmug.com/. I’m her personal paparazzi.